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Oct 3, 2012

Bernardi leaps to the defence of Alan Jones

Troubled Senator Cory Bernardi has painted himself and broadcaster Alan Jones as victims of the left, and styled himself as a defender of free speech, in a video posted to YouTube.

Controversial MP Cory Bernardi has returned to the political fray to make common cause with broadcaster Alan Jones, claiming right-wing figures are victims of double standards from the media.

Bernardi, who was hounded from his role as Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary last month after linking gay marriage to bestiality, has styled himself as a defender of free speech and quality public debate in an address posted to his personal YouTube channel yesterday.

“As we’ve seen over the last few weeks, if you’re from the left side of politics it appears you can say almost anything without condemnation, but this rule does not seem to apply from those on the right,” Bernardi declared.

“Labor ministers have attacked me, they’ve attacked my colleagues past and present, they’ve twisted and distorted arguments and words in a quest to gain some minute political advantage, heedless of the damage they’re doing to the standards of public debate, and the concept of free speech.”

Bernardi has said little to the media after the bestiality scandal broke, and had not previously defended his comments (or himself) in any detail after he stood down on September 19. (He flew to the UK afterwards to address a young conservatives’ conference, but cancelled his speech at the last minute.)

The right-faction South Australian senator grinned and appeared tanned and relaxed as he fronted the Australian flag in the latest YouTube address. The motto of his YouTube channel is “common sense lives here”.

Bernardi did not mention Jones — under fire for claiming Julia Gillard’s father “died of shame” at her political lies — by name, but began his broadcast by referring to an opinion piece by Liberal colleague Greg Hunt, in which Hunt criticised Jones’ comments but accused the left of making similarly inappropriate comments and therefore being hypocritical.

In an endorsement possibly not entirely welcome to Hunt, Bernardi embraced the article’s theme: “The Labor party and their acolytes hold others to a different standard than they’re prepared to account for themselves. This is a circumstances that needs to change on behalf of every Australian interested in supporting our freedoms and our democratic ideals.”

Bernardi hit out at “abusive and hateful” comments made against figures on the right. His definition of “abusive and hateful” does not appear to encompass his comments to the Senate last month during a debate on gay marriage:

“The next step … is having three people that love each other be able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people. There are even some creepy people out there who say that it’s OK to have consensual s-xual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step? In the future, will we say, `These two creatures love each other and maybe they should be able to be joined in a union?’.”

Jones has been widely criticised for his remarks about the Prime Minister’s father; it remains to be seen whether Bernardi’s support is of assistance to the outspoken broadcaster as he seeks to rehabilitate himself with the public and with advertisers.

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22 thoughts on “Bernardi leaps to the defence of Alan Jones

  1. Lines Brenda

    Surely that must be a misprint of Bernadi’s Youtube channel motto??? Shouldn’t it be: Nonsense lives here…? Enough of the free publicity for Jones, Bernardi and their despicable ilk. Let their comments drown in a sea of disdain and boredom from the public at large and the media in particular. They do not provide news value, they are merely nuisance value, and distractions from important issues.

  2. rhwombat

    Oh joy. The boys are joining their own dots for us.

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    Bernardi is a thug, so is Jones.

  4. DAVID SANDERSON

    That remark in the promo about Bernardi being “back on the horse” has left me with deeply troubling mental images. I do hope the horse is receiving appropriate counselling. I also hope that it will not be forced into a marriage it clearly doesn’t want.

  5. Chappy

    Bestiality Bernardi and Toilet Block Jones have a lot in common you’d expect them to stand up for each other.

  6. cuntimus maximus

    Homophobic Bernardi defending Toilet Block Jones ? politics makes strange bedfellows indeed

  7. fredex

    Thats the Number 1 candidate on the Senate voting list for Liberal candidates for SA.

    What does this tell us about the Liberal Party in SA?

  8. whoknows

    Tony Abbott’s name keeps emerging from these incidents. Jones was speaking at a Young Liberals gathering who, one can assume Abbott thought would benefit from his illuminations.

    Fact is we are all in control of every word we speak, until they leave our mouth, then they control us, isn’t that right Mr Jones. You chose your words and now you reap the control they have over you. Both these men have reacted to the oh so hurtful reactions toward them and yet they were vicious, spiteful and showed gross intolerance toward their targets. Two wrongs don’t make it right and you both have clearly shown that.

  9. Ken Dally

    Oh FFS the privileged bully boys are claiming victim status …………. again

  10. banistersmind

    I recently compared the political views of Mr. Bernardi and Anders Breivik. You can barely pass a single sheet of paper through them.